It’ll never be the same without James Gandolfini’s Tony Soprano, but a prequel to HBO’s “The Sopranos” is in the works as a feature film.
“Warner Bros. Pictures says Thursday that New Line has purchased a screenplay for a ‘Sopranos’ prequel from series creator David Chase and Lawrence Konner,” the AP reports. “The studio says the working title is ‘The Many Saints of Newark’ and will be set in the 1960s during the Newark riots.”
Chase will executive produce and co-write the movie, with a director still to be selected.
The original series ran for six seasons on HBO and won 21 Primetime Emmys, helping to usher in the “Golden Age of TV Drama” that many viewers see as continuing today. Gandolfini died of a heart attack at age 51 in 2013, six years after the series wrapped in 2007.